The A2016 is a dual carriageway that links the communities south of the River Thames, notably the new town of Thamesmead, and was built in a piecemeal fashion as Thamesmead developed.
The first stretch between Pettman Crescent and the roundabout with Western Way, Central Way and Eastern Way was built in the early 1980s. Eastern Way from the roundabout to the grade separated junction with the A2041 was built in the early 1970s. Eastern Way between the A2041 junction and the roundabout with Picardy Manorway was completed in the mid-1980s. Bronze Age Way (known as the Thamesmead and Erith Spine Road when it was in planning) was completed in 1996. There is a 50 mph speed limit throughout and has been in place since the road was built. Originally Lower Road, New Bridge, West Street and Walnut Tree Road were part of the A2016 and there was a gap for a few years between the grade separated junction at the A2041 until Eastern Way was extended and Picardy Manorway was built.
The A2016 starts at a large roundabout at Plumstead called Pettman Crescent. Eastbound traffic on the A206 travelling from Woolwich to Plumstead must go round Pettman Crescent instead of using Plumstead Road which is now for buses and taxis. The London Borough of Greenwich / Transport for London implemented this scheme in the mid-1990s to encourage traffic to use the A2016 to Erith rather than the A206. We leave Pettman Crescent and head north along Western Way, passing the Thamesmead West housing development on the left and a cycle track and footpath on our right with the West Thamesmead Business Park beyond. Originally the A2016 went along Nathan Way to the east until Western Way was built in c. 1986. We soon arrive at fairly complicated junction with access to Thamesmead West on the left and Belmarsh Prison and Woolwich Crown & Magistrates Courts on our right. To turn right at the junction you need to turn left and bear round crossing the carriageway at grade. At the next roundabout we carry straight on.
Thamesmead - A2016 Eastern Way
The defunct East London River Crossing and the proposed Thames Gateway Crossing routes would leave this roundabout on our left and the A2041 Central Way, which leads to the main Thamesmead shopping centre, actually does. The next section of dual carriageway is the start of Eastern Way and was built during the early 1970s up to the only grade-separated junction with the A2041 Harrow Manor Way to Abbey Wood and Carlyle Road back up to Thamesmead North. This is the junction to turn off for the Crossness Beam Engines, which are located at Crossness Sewage Works and are the largest rotative beam engines in the world. The Southern Outfall Sewer embankment which starts by Pettman Crescent appears on our right and there is a path along the top appropriately called The Ridgeway. After the grade-separated junction Eastern Way rises on to a flyover over the sewer bank and Belvedere Road which leads to the Crossness works. The large wave-shaped building on our left is the Crossness Sludge Powered Generator, which burns all the sludge from the sewage works after it has been treated. On our right is Southmere, the largest lake at Thamesmead and used for various water sports.
We pass the few remaining fields of Erith Marshes on our right, which are used for rough grazing. At the next roundabout we need to turn left as the turning on the right, Yarnton Way, leads to Thamesmead East and back towards the A2041. At the next roundabout we go straight on to Bronze Age Way, which is named as several Bronze Age finds were discovered during the road construction. The B253 Picardy Manorway was built in the late 1980s and replaced a nearby level crossing. At one time the A2016 took this route and turned left along Lower Road and West Street until Bronze Age Way was built.
Continuing along Bronze Age Way we meet the B213 at an elongated GSJ before running alongside a railway line into Erith; the road here seems to have ploughed through a housing estate which is not accessible from the A2016. After running through the forecourt of Erith station (also not accessible from the A2016) the road climbs up to a roundabout where it ends back on the A206.
Original Author(s): A211 Driver